Who's got 2 thumbs and a lot of focus, discipline, energy and RE-newed ambition??
This girl, after this fabulous weekend at BlogHer (I know, broken record much?). I can't tell you how healthy and satisfied I feel today, and that's just after ONE day away from the office to focus on my healthy initiatives.
After sleeping approximately 12 hours (yes, that is a major accomplishment for me), I felt fully "recovered" from my Manhattan weekend. After I finished yesterday's post, I headed out for an intense walk in the intense heat -- I was only able to run for 10 minutes (too hot, too tired, too achey), but walked for 60. The heat meant that my HR was higher than normal, and by the end, I burned about 600 calories in 71 minutes. Not bad at all!
The rest of my day involved laundry, food prep, catching up on work and email, and tidying up the house a bit... at 5 PM, I met The Manfriend at his house, and we ventured off to the pool: and what a great idea was THAT. It was so hot out that swimming or A/C were the only options, and it was a beautiful night: since it is supposed to be rainy and gross tonight and tomorrow, I'm thrilled that we made that decision. I was still pretty exhausted from NYC, so it felt good to just lounge. On the way home we stopped at Wendy's to pick up dinner -- burger and fries for him, salad for me.
Wow, I must say that the new salad line from Wendy's is impressively good -- but the calories? Notsomuch. I had the Apple Pecan Chicken Salad, and at 500+ calories and 29 grams of fat, it is the lowest calorie option on the salad menu. Don't get me wrong -- it was delicious, but at 13 WW points, I'm not sure it will be a regular menu item... which is disappointing, because it was so good that I was contemplating ducking out to get one for lunch today. Since I'd eaten light / exercised, I came in within my points / calories for the day, but it obviously can't be a daily indulgence. Bummer.
This morning I had a scale-hop so awesome that I wanted to kiss the scale (but that's gross, so I didn't). I am amazed that I've come back from a business trip weighing less than I did when I left. That RARELY happens. But I seem to have done a bang-up job over the past few weeks of picking myself up, dusting myself off, and climbing back on that wagon. I've worked hard, and dangit, I DESERVE a loss this week.
B: smoothie (7)
S: chocolate milk (4)
L: lean cuisine*, veggies w/ hummus (7)
S: popcorn (4)
D: Pork lettuce wraps, egg roll (6)
Water water water water water.
Exercise: vinyasa yoga at 6PM, if I can get there in time. Otherwise, might be a rest day, we'll see.
How about you:
- How do you get back on track when you've slipped up?
- Do you weigh-in daily, or once a week?
- How many calories / points do you try to "spend" per meal?
I'm reminded of this quote that got me through the 70 lb weight loss:
"Persistence, not perfection."
Although yesterday was, for all practical purposes, a day of perfection, it isnt' realistic to think I'll do that over and over again every single day.
What IS realistic is to plan to never give up.
Off and running,
*Caption reads, "Focus on your goals and let nothing get in the way of your dreams."
**I don't eat many of these, due to preservatives and high sodium, but they are nice when I'm pressed for time. I'll review it later, but this is from the new "steamed" entree line.